1/72 706M-198 Lindberg Air Force Rescue Boat Motorized
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Rare kit from the 1950s with classic Ray Gaedeke artwork. Motorized and designed for water operation; easily converted to R/C. this large-scale kit was very well detailed for that time, featuring clear hull and superstructure windows, all deck fittings down to ammo boxes and flag staffs, 6 piece 20mm anti-aircraft guns, full superstructure and bridge with horns, search lights, front and rear radar antennas and more, life boat, stretchers, opening rear rescue transom with boarding ladder, gun and bridge crew members, stanchions and railing rigging instructions, display stand and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals, flag sheet and instructions. Advertised by Lindberg as 1/72 but is actually closer to 1/88 scale. The Air Force Rescue Boats were the fastest among all Air Force craft. Built by Detroit Basin Inc, they were designed to reach a downed aircraft very quickly and rescue the crew in the least possible time. They were powered by three 1,500 horsepower Packard V-12 gasoline engines and fully crewed by 14 men and 2 officers. After reaching a downed aircraft, the pilots were brought aboard through a gate in the transom. In the event the flight crew was injured, the well in the stern leads directly into a sick bay with 12 litters. To ward off attackers, these vessels were equipped with two 20mm twin mount cannons and plenty of ammunition. They had radar and could operate in all weather conditions.